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rspca In­spec­tor

an­thony Joynes on how he res­cued a col­lie dog from the very worst of liv­ing con­di­tions

Be­ing on the front line of an­i­mal cru­elty isn’t easy, but RSPCA In­spec­tor An­thony Joynes can live with the hard­est parts of the job if it means a re­newed life for badly treated an­i­mals.

In this week’s new se­ries of

The Dog Res­cuers with Alan Davies, An­thony, 31, en­coun­ters one of the worst cases of ne­glect in his ca­reer. For­tu­nately there’s a happy end­ing for Timmy the col­lie.

‘You can’t help form­ing a bond with the an­i­mals you res­cue. I couldn’t sleep the night we found Timmy, I knew he had a lot to over­come,’ re­calls An­thony. ‘But he’s made an amaz­ing re­cov­ery and is now liv­ing with a vet called Jo in Cheshire. He’s do­ing re­ally well, and he has a new lease of life!’

What can you tell us about Timmy’s case?

He was liv­ing in one of the worst prop­er­ties I’ve seen. It’s pos­si­ble he’d been liv­ing in these un­clean con­di­tions for months, even years. The smell was ter­ri­ble. Timmy also had a large tu­mour on his face.

Was Timmy’s fu­ture in doubt?

My gut feel­ing was Timmy’s tu­mour was so bad he wasn’t go­ing to make it. But the vet dis­cov­ered it hadn’t spread and re­moved it. Timmy now lives on a farm with Jo. It’s one of the best out­comes I’ve had in this job.

How did you be­come an rspca in­spec­tor?

I trained as a bio­med­i­cal sci­en­tist be­fore de­cid­ing I wanted a ca­reer in an­i­mal wel­fare. Ac­tu­ally get­ting the job was a whirl­wind. I was told 4,000 peo­ple ap­plied for 28 jobs! I was sure I wouldn’t get it so I ap­plied to train as a sci­ence teacher. I even­tu­ally made it through the in­ter­view process, got the job and haven’t looked back!

What are the draw­backs to be­ing an rspca in­spec­tor? Not only can you see hor­rific con­di­tions but it’s also de­mand­ing. You can get over 30 new jobs in a day and we have to pri­ori­tise by the most in need. We’re not an emer­gency ser­vice or a gov­ern­ment­funded body – we’re a char­ity and un­der­staffed. But we do our best for an­i­mals who need us.

and the best bits?

Stay­ing in touch with new own­ers and an­i­mals. I’ve been to visit Timmy twice. Also, that mo­ment when you’re res­cu­ing an abused an­i­mal and it re­alises you’re a friend. Some­times my girl­friend Ge­or­gia has to at­tack me with flea spray be­fore I can go into our house, but happy end­ings make it worth­while.

Happy at last: timmy with an­thony and his new owner

timmy with the large tu­mour and (left) af­ter surgery to re­move it

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